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So I have been out of the game while and not posting. Not sure what happened just got tired of tinkering with my box I think and now when I upgrade I just run stock (pauses for the beating).

Ok so with the beating over I have an interesting issue with my kids box that I cannot seem to figure out.

The System

CPU: Intel E8400 (stock)
Motherboard: P5K SE
Memory: 8GB
HDD: Seagate 750GB SATA
Graphics: nVidia 260

The Problem

The HDD maxes out at 10MBs per second. I recently re-installed Windows due to an HDD fail (you could hear the drive clicking) and I noticed it took a long time but I figured its just the system is old. Once Windows was installed I began installing their games and I thought to save time that I would install iTunes as well (we use a lot of Apple devices NO computers). I noticed that after clicking the iTunes installer and waiting about 6 minutes or so I still had not gotten the installation prompt. Bringing up Task Manager showed that HDD data transfer rate was 100% at 10MB per second. Closing the second install that dropped and everything was fine.

Solutions Tried

So I started reading as that is not a good thing and all signs pointed to DMA not being enabled. I followed a walkthrough I found one on this very site and it was enabled. I disabled it for gins just to see and my HDD transfer maxed out at 3MB with it disabled. So that wasn't it. I went to Asus looked for Windows 8 intel chipset drivers thinking that I was missing something and no Windows 8 drivers. Checked in Device Manager and no devices showed they were missing a driver anyways.

On my list of things left to try is. Try the HDD in a new SATA port. New SATA cable and that's about it. I can't think of something else that I could be missing. The only thing I can think of is the MB is bad but why would it work at all? Other than the 10MB thing it works great.


Any ideas out there? Thanks in advance for the help.
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Sorry for the late update I got distracted will be doing some PC work tonight and will update this thread.
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What is the model number and part number of the hard drive?
The Seagate 7200.11 series had some ugly firmware issues that caused the drives to be slow and only half the cache memory to show up.

You can use this tool to find out the model of the drive and what firmware it's running if you cannot read the label on the drive itself.
http://support.seagate.com/firmware/drive_config.html

For the 7200.11 series you should be running firmware SD1A.
For the 7200.12 series you should be running firmware CC49.
For the Barracuda ES.2 series you should be running firmware SN06 or SN16 depending on the part number of the drive.

You can download the latest firmware for your drive here:
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/207931en
Make sure you choose the correct model number and part number or else the firmware will not install.

If you're already running the latest firmware, report back here and there's some other things we can check.
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post #4 of 9
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I am loosing my skills I have a Barracuda ES 7200.2 and never thought to check the Firmware. I am running SN04 and I am going to update to SN06 to see what happens. I am at work and I RDP'd into my kids box to test this. Thanks I will be burning a disk as soon as I get home and updating their drive. Will report back with results.

I seriously appreciate the help.
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First thing I did when I walked in the door I burned the disk and updated the firmware. Interesting thing to note is that when running the Seagate utility it said I had one drive when running the firmware update it gave me a list of two which is odd considering I only have 1 HDD installed in the system more on that later. So I updated the firmware and upon loading Windows 8 this is what I see:



So no luck. As promised I did get a new SATA cable and tired a different SATA port. So new port, new cable new firmware. Also I can confirm just to double check I had no extra drives in my system just the one HDD so still not sure what the firmware utility was detecting. Anyways after all that this is what I was greeted with after reboot and loading Windows:





*** I am really at a loss as to what is going on with this system. Everything runs fine no errors at all just obviously with such a low throughput multitasking is not an option. While you can its slow.

I am open and willing to try anything.

Also something to note which I forgot to mention is that before I changed the SATA port and the cable my DVD-ROM drive light and my HDD activity light would flash in sync for the better part of the boot process. This occurred when booting from the Windows disk for install as well as when booting the firmware disk. Neither would initialize until the drive stopped flashing in sync with the HDD activity light. The DVDROM is a IDE drive plugged into the only IDE port on the MB. Not sure if its relevant to this but its something that I forgot to mention. It appears to have gone away with replacing the cable and moving it to another SATA port for the HDD.

If that was major and one of you just went you SOB. I apologize I just completely forgot to mention it.

Thanks again for all the help guys I really appreciate it as I am at a loss.
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You installed windows on the ticking drive? I'd get another Hard drive if I was you.
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Yes, at the time I thought it was the Power Supply. However, I have replaced that drive. The drive I am using is a Seagate and is not ticking. The Seagate tools says its 100% ok. Even so I am still getting extremely low data transfer rates.
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If I had to guess, I would say that since this is a fresh install and if you have Automatic Updates turned on, then Windows is just downloading/installing a bunch of updates for the OS or apps from the store.

One thing you can check is in Task Manager: go to the Details Tab.
Right-click on one of the column headings, and choose "Select columns" from the menu.
Select "I/O read bytes", "I/O write bytes", and "Command line".
Then select the I/O read or I/O write bytes column to sort by which process is accessing the disk the most.

Here is what it looked like downloading the Windows Updates after a fresh install.
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I thought about that as well but its still doing it and to be honest I am not sure where to go from here still.

I have tried just about everything under the sun. Every test I throw at it says things are working just fine expect the data transfer rates and the only reason I am saying thats not ok is we all know any SATA drive should be getting more than 10MB a second. I just cannot figure out why this one is.

I bought a new drive that I am going to put in there just to see. I need it for a enclosure I have if its the MB it should do the same thing with this brand new drive and I will just replace it. If it does not do it then I know to get another drive. Will update you all here with my results.
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